Sweep tracks down 48 wanted fugitives in Ingham County


INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) – Three days and seven local law enforcement agencies all on a mission to track down 60 wanted fugitives.

All this hard work and dedication led to 48 arrests in Ingham County.

“It’s important because these individuals are wanted for a lot of notorious crimes,” First Lt. Joseph Thomas of the Michigan State Police Lansing Post said.

Crimes of homicide, assault or theft to name a few.

“These are people that are wanted for very serious defenses,” Thomas firmly stated.

While MSP sweeps of this nature happen once or twice a month, the larger collaborative effort with Ingham County police forces happen once or twice a year.

“It really depends on the needs of the agencies within the fugitive teams district,” Detective Sergeant Greg Harris of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department said.

Led by the Michigan State police fugitive task force, law enforcement agencies including East Lansing police, Lansing PD and several others worked vigorously over a three day period to track down these fugitives.

“They get to a point where we need to do something to clean it up and that’s what happened here,” Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department stated.

“Basically a lot of times it just comes to knocking on doors and talking to individuals that may have some information that otherwise they would not provide to law enforcement,” Thomas said.

Lieutenant Thomas says often sweeps are pretty successful but this one in particular was outstanding.

“It’s because of the support that we have from the local chiefs and citizens that we were able to do these sweeps,” Thomas mentioned.

Detective Sergeant Harris chimed in mentioning…”it was a coordinated effort with all those agencies that made this as successful as it was.”

“These arrests took place, 48 people got arrested, no police officers got hurt, no bad guys got hurt….it was a good thing,” Wriggelsworth said.

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